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  • Politics as Usual

    Birthday wishes for Senate foes
  • Lawmakers fed up with Pennsylvania's puppet-like legislative districts

    Lawmakers fed up with Pennsylvania's puppet-like legislative districts
    Ever need a good laugh? Then check out some lawmakers’ legislative district maps on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ website. Some of the maps look like the political cartographers spent way too much time watching Sid & Marty...

    Pennsylvania's public pension overhaul advances

    Pennsylvania's public pension overhaul advances
    HARRISBURG — Senate Republicans on Monday advanced legislation to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's two major public employee pension systems — over the protests of Democrats who say they have not had a chance to even read the bill. The...

    First Open Records chief warns of threats to law

    First Open Records chief warns of threats to law
    Twenty years ago, I attended a League of Women Voters luncheon in which Tim Potts, who had helped create the grass roots good government nonprofit Democracy Rising PA, was scheduled to speak. As we ate lunch, he had this message projected on a screen in...

    Cities, towns worried that constitutional amendment would erode tax base

    Cities, towns worried that constitutional amendment would erode tax base
    In just a few months, state voters could find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes — a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities...